Students in PK-8 will return to full in-person learning beginning Monday, October 12. Our current transition plan calls for grades 9-12 to return to full in-person learning October 26. There will be no changes for students in our Remote Learning Academy.
This week we have been notified of 5 positive COVID-19 tests among our students and staff. As we get that information, we share it with you via email updates and weekly we post our COVID-19 dashboard on the website so everyone can track our number of positive cases and quarantines.
While the number of cases reported is greater than previous weeks, it is important for parents, students and staff to know that in each of these cases the transmission has taken place outside of school. Additionally, at this point we have had very few incidents where a positive COVID test has resulted in additional students being quarantined because of close contact at school.
Based on the experiences in other school districts that are in full capacity, quarantines will likely become more common as we move forward with our transition to full in-person learning. Since students are not allowed to come to school when quarantined, we have grade-specific family and student instructions when quarantined information you can access here, and it will be updated as our high school students return to in-person learning.
Current Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control guidance calls for quarantine for 14 days for people who are in close contact with an infected person. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a confirmed case for 15 minutes or more. Bringing students back into school five days per week will mean physical distancing in classrooms will be 3 feet, when possible. What we have seen from other districts that have moved away from a blended learning model is that quarantine requirements are forcing large numbers of students to stay home. At times, a single positive test result can lead to dozens of students being required to quarantine.
We are all in this together as we work toward a safe and successful school year.